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Four Ways to Talk About the Environment as an Evangelical
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

When facing a crisis, silence is certainly easiest. But silence isn’t best. As we face some very challenging environmental issues, evangelicals must learn to begin to discuss the environmental crisis with crea ...

The Fight for 'The Good Life'
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Last week, we Nebraskans celebrated sweet victory once again. The Feb. 19 ruling by Lancaster County judge Stephanie Stacy dealt a significant setback to the approval process of the 1,179-mile TransCanada pipe ...

Dear Sen. McCain, We Live on Earth, and Climate Change is Real
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

It’s time we all stopped thinking of climate change as a separate issue to deal with later and start seeing how it has the potential, like a weapon of mass destruction, to destroy all the efforts of our good w ...

Think Nothing Is Happening in Washington? It’s Decision Time on Climate
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

In the coming months, the Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing carbon pollution standards for both new and existing power plants, and the Obama administration will make a final decision on the Keyston ...

STUDY: An Evangelical Call to Action on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 12:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors If you think it’s impossible to change evangelicals’ views on climate change, think again.  If yo ...

The Gospel According to Young-Earth Creationist Ken Ham
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

We don’t need to find pieces of Noah’s ark to know the gospel is true; we know the gospel is true because Jesus (remember him, Mr. Ham?) is risen and he lives in us. There was a m ...

Keystone XL: Ambiguity is the Enemy of Progress
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Having experienced the crisp June evenings of Minnesota as well as the asthma-inducing smog of Hong Kong, I know both the beauty of fresh air and green spaces and the dullness of pollution and gray skies. The ...

State Department's Final Review of Keystone XL: Negligible Impact?
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

Looking at the immediate media coverage following the release of the review, many say it paves the way for the pipeline’s approval, because it finds no significant immediate impact on climate change. Pipeline ...

West Virginia: Where Energy Rules, Subjects Suffer
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

The national exposure of the West Virginia chemical spill needs to be a catalyst for national pressure to protect our people from King Coal and his court. I’ll be upfront and admi ...

Congregations Turn to Compost for Lessons on Life, Death, and the Environment
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

The wheelbarrow outside the sanctuary was overflowing with vegetable scraps; decomposing matter filled the baptismal font; and a pile of rich brown soil replaced the Communion table. ...

8 Simple New Year's Resolutions for Creation Care
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

On the eve of 2014, why not plan your New Year’s resolutions around caring for God’s creation? Here are eight ideas for EcoResolutions. On the eve of 2014, why not plan your New Y ...

Hope and Despair
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

As we patiently anticipate the light of Christ entering anew this Advent season, we must cling steadfastly to the hope we profess. For our help comes from the Lord, who ensures that hope ultimately triumphs ov ...

Religious Groups Rally Around U.N. Climate Talks in Warsaw
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 6:02pm | Type: Blog

The latest United Nations climate summit got off to an unusually emotional start when Yeb Sano, the head delegate from the Philippines, issued a tearful plea at the opening plenary. ...

'Testifying to the Truth': EPA Testimonies (Part Two)
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 5:44pm | Type: Blog

It is not only future generations that will bear the impacts of climate change. They are being felt now, most intensely by those populations around the world who are least able to cope with them. We must act w ...

A Problem with the Climate in Texas
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

There is no part of this world that God is not aware of, cannot lay claim to, and does not rule. Christians affirm that as people of faith we’re called to be stewards over creation, answering one day for how w ...

Ellen Davis Unearths an Agrarian View of the Bible
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

With her gray hair tied neatly in a bun and her wire-rimmed glasses perched thoughtfully on her nose, Ellen Davis looks the part of a distinguished Bible scholar. With her gray ha ...

One Year Later, Examining Climate Change and Hurricane Sandy
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

One year later, we reflect on reconstruction efforts post-Sandy. We also pause to assess the role of climate change, exacerbated by human actions, in the creation and severity of the storm. ...

Air Pollution Shuts Down Entire City
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Unprecedented levels of air pollution effectively closed the city of Harbin in northern China earlier this week. Unprecedented levels of air pollution effectively closed the city ...

Christians Making the Climate Discussion Their Own
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

There’s a debate happening on The Christian Post, and we’re hearing more and more evangelical voices expressing concern over climate change. There’s a debate happening on The Chr ...

Why the Silence on U.S. Oil Spills?
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

For the many stakeholders, including big business and politicians, the political and financial incentives to keep mum on spills and minimize media exposure carry incredible weight. And then it must be asked, w ...

SLIDESHOW: 'Rev. Riverkeeper' in Action
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:51am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Dottie Yunger puts her faith into action as the Anacostia Riverkeeper. As Dottie Yunger writes in ...

What Happens in Texas Doesn't Stay in Texas: The Battle Over Science Textbooks
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Over the last few weeks of hearings on science textbooks, there has been a strong push from anti-science activists and Creationists to weaken the teaching of not only evolution but climate change. ...

A 300-Mile Ride for Climate Justice
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

I just completed my first Climate Ride, journeying 300 miles by bicycle over five days with 200 other climate activists. I just completed my first Climate Ride, journeying 300 mi ...

Surprising Stories of Climate Change Here in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

One of the obstacles to igniting a passion about climate change is that it feels so abstract; it feels like a future problem, a global problem. But it’s really a here and now problem. We took folks out on the ...

Ecojustice on the Louisiana Bayou
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

I probably shouldn’t have been so surprised to learn that there are ecojustice issues here in the U.S. — but I was. I always thought of climate change as something that affected d ...

Building a Collective Identity: 'Drawing the Line' in Communities of Faith
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

I’ll offer up a humble suggestion to those who are stuck. What if we use the best of what our faith communities has to offer and lean into the climate crisis? Not just in one way, but in three. No “one size fi ...

Energy News: What’s Happening This Week
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

Churches going solar, pro-coal school curricula, and more in this wrap-up. David vs. Goliath:  Residents in a Colorado city are fighting their local coal monopoly for the chanc ...

Church Gardening As Peacemaking Ministry
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Fred Bahnson’s first bit of advice when he started planning a church garden eight years ago came from an elderly tobacco farmer who grabbed a handful of soil, rolled it around in his fingers and shook his head ...

Our First Divinely Appointed Vocation
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

The command to care for soil is our first divinely appointed vocation, yet in our zeal to produce cheap, abundant food we have shunned it; we have tilled the adamah but we have not kept it. ...

The World as God Intends
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Stetzer New data shows that Protestant churches, including evangelicals, are increasingly involved in social action ministries. ...

I Would Walk 100 Miles — Grandparents Lead Climate Allies in Walk to D.C. for Climate Action
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 8:26am | Type: Blog

During the week leading up to the “Summer Heat” demonstrations — protesting the Keystone XL pipeline and urging for action on climate change — about 25 people started a hike from Camp David to Washington, D.C. ...

Why We Divested
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 5:46pm | Type: Blog

To many, our resolution to divest from fossil fuels was a scandal. So much so that months before the national Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) would consider it a well-funded, all-out campaign to def ...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sparrow
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Here in Washington, when you ask someone “what’s your issue?” you don’t want to know what’s wrong with her or him — you’re asking, what policy issue do you work on? Where is your heart? ...

Evangelical Scientists Hold Press Conference to Urge Congress to Act on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 5:02pm | Type: Press

July 10, 2013 Press Releases In light of the President’s announcement ...

Evangelical Scientists Call for Climate Action
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

When you think of an evangelical Christian, do you think of a climate scientist who is passionately concerned about the impact of climate change? After this week, you should. Wh ...

Creation is Groaning
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Then the story of humanity turns in the span of one chapter. And it all hinges on how the first humans interact with a tree — a part of God’s creation. Have you ever heard someon ...

Evangelism After the Storm
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

People of faith in particular must stop trying to figure out the letter of God’s law, and engage in the spirit of God’s law – a law that demands love and respect as standards of care for all of God’s creation, ...

As the World Turns, Congress Stands Still on Climate
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 7:25am | Type: Blog

Many members of Congress are already taking steps to decry the president’s plan as a “war” – on coal, on American energy, and yes, even on America itself. Forget about future gen ...

Obama’s Climate Action Plan Paves a Road Ahead
Originally Posted: 06/28/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was a momentous day for the creation care movement: after years of inaction from Congress, President Obama announced a major, comprehensive plan of action on climate change. ...

Climate Change Causing Longer U.S. Wildfire Season
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

Top United States Forest Service official told Congress hotter, dried conditions produced by climate change are causing America's longer wildfire season and increasing the amount of land burned. ...

Environmental Groups Support Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 06/03/2013 - 1:25pm | Type: Blog

The Sierra Club, BlueGreen Alliance and Greenpeace have come out in support comprehensive immigration reform measures. The Sierra Club, BlueGreen Alliance and Greenpeace have come ...

'Fiddling While the World Burns:' A Faithful Response to Partisan Gridlock
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 8:04pm | Type: Blog

Thanks to people of faith who are watching and speaking up for the care of creation, Gina McCarthy’s nomination will now proceed to the entire Senate floor. By calling on Congress to work for the common good, ...

Climate Research Nearly Unanimous: Climate Change Caused by Human Activity
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

97.1% of scientific journals agree that climate change is caused by humans. An overwhelming 97.1 percent of peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals agree that climate change ...

The Lord Will Destroy the Destroyers of the Earth (Rev. 11:18)
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

Reflection and restraint, for millennia, have been the twin pillars of historic conservatism. Not now. We in our era have accomplished something no other civilization would have c ...

America's First Climate Refugees
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

The residents of Newtok, Alaska could see their village washed away within 5 years, making them the first American climate refugees. The residents of Newtok, Alaska could see the ...

Climate Change Will Cut Habitats by 2080
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

Biologists concluded global warming will destroy more than half of the habitats of most plants and a third of animals by 2080 A recent study by biologists and climate researchers ...

Mark Driscoll: Gas-Guzzlers a Mark of Masculinity
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

"I know who made the environment. He's coming back and he's going to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV." And after presenting his driving credentials, Rev. Driscoll reportedly added:&q ...

U.S. Emissions Proposal Could Energize UN Climate Negotiations
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. climate change envoy proposed allowing countries to create their emissions reduction plans rather than working toward one goal. The U.S. climate change envoy proposed all ...

Religious Belief In Second Coming Of Christ Could Slow Global Warming Action
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

The widespread belief in "end-times" and the "Second coming" of Christ could impact the environmental policy movement negatively. A study published May 1 from ...

Climate Change May Bring Drought to Temperate Areas
Originally Posted: 05/06/2013 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

A NASA led study found climate change may increase rainfall in some areas and drought in other areas. A NASA led study found climate change may increase rainfall in some areas an ...